The Attenuated Christ

The attenuated Christ of recent Christian scepticism could not have built a mouse-trap, let alone a church. We need a Jesus who can explain the Christ of faith: one big enough to account for Jewish hostility and Roman fear; one big enough to explain why he became the subject of such a book as the Gospel of John: one who made such an impression that people easily believed that he had risen from the dead; such a colossus that within a few years of his death those who had known him best were identifying him with Yahweh and laying down their lives rather than refrain from worshipping him; a figure of such universality that his church has had a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural appeal without precedent in the history of religion."

-Donald Macleod in The Person of Christ, 116-117